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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Raven 4:09
2. Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether 4:20
3. To One In Paradise
4. I Robot 5:17
5. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You 3:23
6. Some Other Time 4:07
7. Day After Day 3:42
8. What Goes Up 3:31
9. The Eagle Will Rise Again 4:23
10.In The Lap Of The Gods 5:30
11.Lucifer 4:20
12.Damned If I Do 4:53
13.Games People Play 4:23
14.Time 5:07
15.The Turn Of A Friendly Card ( Suite) 16:31

1. Sirius 1:53
2. Eye In The Sky 4:38
3. Silence And I 7:21
4. Old And Wise 4:56
5. Mammagamma 3:35
6. Prime Time 5:05
7. Ammonia Avenue 6.33
8. Don't Answer me 4:13
9. Let's Talk About It 4:29
10.Days Are Numbers ( The Traveller) 4:27
11.No Answers Only Questions 2:12
12.Stereotomy 7:15
13.Limelight 4:41
14.La Sagrada Familia 8:47
15.Standing On Higher Ground 5:35

Line-up / Musicians

Eric Woolfson- Guitars, keyboards, Vocals
Alan Parsons - keyboards, Synthesisers, Vocals, Vocoder
John Miles - Vocals, Keyboards
Chris Rainbow - Vocals, Guitars
Colin Blunstone - Vocals
David Paton - Guitars , Vocals
Geoff Barradale - Vocals
Gary Brooker - Vocals
Andrew Powell - Orchestra and Choirs
Terry Sylvester - Vocals

Releases information

Sony BMG 2007 # 88697043372

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THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT The Essential Alan Parsons Project ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(44%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (11%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The Alan Parsons Project have in my opinion a chequred career. From the sublime to rediculous at times, yet there are few bands that can, regardless of studio output, boast such a consistent sound over the years. From Tales Of Mystery and Immagination from 1976 to Freudiana in 1990 this project of musicians boasting a wide array of guest artists, have regardless of quality, maintained a steady brand of music. This is an excellent compilation of all APP's essential material with one glaring exception being the ommission of the Edgar Alan Poe suite of the Tales album. Nevertheless due to below par studio albums like Steretomy and Vulture Culture this double CD compilation successfully provides most of the vintage material ever released. The material that most enthusiasts could ever wish for. Highlights include I Robot, What Goes Up and In The Lap Of The Gods off Pyramid, Lucifer from Eve, the irresistable ' Eye In The Sky and ' Ammonia Avenue'. Many other great tracks which help make this release the near complete compilation.
Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
4 stars ALAN PARSONS PROJECT was one of those few bands that were able to always release solid albums, doesn't matter if it's the sober and totally Progressive "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" or POP albums such as "Vulture Culture", the genre preferences pass to a second plane when we listen this eclectic band, being that the excellent production and excellent arrangements granted them respect among Progheads and top 40 audience.

It's true that most of us will stay with their first three albums, but even when they released cheesy POP, there was always something that made us listen the albums without pressing the skip button.

So, even when I'm not a fan of compilations (much less when the band doesn't present rare material or B sides), when I saw this two disks set, I had to grab it and after reading the setlist buy it without hesitation.

It's evident that the label took good care when selected the tracks for "The Essential Alan Parsons Project", the songs chosen represent the best of their career, and at the same time wisely avoided good but excessively complex songs like "The Fall of the House of Usher", as well as other tracks that would be easily rejected by the most demanding listeners.

I believe that Disk 1 is stronger, because they have included material from their most Progressive albums, with excellent selections such as "The Raven", "Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether" and "To One in Paradise" from their legendary debut.

In the same way they selected great material from "I Robot" and "Pyramid", to be honest didn't listened the wonderful "In the Lap of the Gods" for years and found it as pompous and brilliant as that cold winter afternoon in 1978 when I bought the album almost by accident.

The good taste is so clear that they went for the only good tracks from the weak "Eve", the frenetic "Lucifer" and the delightful "Damned if I do" to end Disk 1 with three selections form one of their most popular releases "The Turn of a Friendly Card".

Disk 2 is oriented towards their simplest and most popular material, being my favourites the incredibly popular "Eye in the Sky" the melancholic "Old and Wise" and of course "La Sagrada Familia" from their usually ignored album "Gaudi", a track that I always loved because of the delicate acoustic guitar.

So this is an excellent compilation that I recommend without fear, music for all the tastes and the touch of quality that "Alan Parsons Project" always presented to their audience.

Four solid stars for a boxset that I will enjoy every time I want to listen selected material from this good band or have to drive long distances and can't take many CD's.

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